The Open Book Festival makes in-person return in Cape Town

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Event organiser and programme coordinator Frankie Murrey and festival director Mervyn Sloman. (Photo: Supplied)
Event organiser and programme coordinator Frankie Murrey and festival director Mervyn Sloman. (Photo: Supplied)

EVENT: The Open Book Festival

The Open Book Festival is set to make its in-person return from 2 to 4 September in Cape Town.

The announcement follows a two-year interruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement to the media, the event’s organiser Frankie Murrey said she is excited to again be able to host a festival where people will be able to interact with one another, face-to-face.

“We were lucky enough to run a mini festival in March. It was incredibly emotional to see the faces of so many people again for the first time in two years. It has also been fantastic to have workshops running outside of the digital spaces. There's something about being able to learn amongst others that I don't think can be easily replaced.”

This year the festival will take place in one location at the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre (previously The Fugard Theatre). A special event aimed at children will be hosted at The Book Lounge on Saturday 3 September.

The Open Book Festival aims to bring people together for “lively conversations with authors and other guest speakers, in one central location in Cape Town’s historic District Six. The program sees a mix of established and debut authors engaging with audiences over three days”.

According to Murrey they’ve selected themes and topics for the event which will “generate insightful and important discussions”.

“If you are interested in the world and the things happening around you, then this is the event you cannot miss,” Murrey added.

The full festival programme, bookings, and tickets are available at

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